Re: Fw: More rotary gap questions...(carbon)

Subject:  Re: Fw: More rotary gap questions...
  Date:   Thu, 24 Apr 1997 12:29:17 +0500
  From:   "Alfred A. Skrocki" <alfred.skrocki-at-cybernetworking-dot-com>
    To:   Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>

On Wed, 23 Apr 1997 08:31:53 -0600 Phillip Jarvis
<jarvisp-at-bee.d93.k12.id.us> wrote;

> > > Unless they do something to that carbon that I've never heard of it's
> > > going to pit worse than any metal! ever look at the carbon rods in an
> > > arc light! They look like the ends have been gnawed on!
> You are absolutely right. I contacted the manufacturer - their reply was
> the carbon spheres are for fast pulse applications where the voltage may
> be high, but the current is in the uA range. They didn't realize that TC
> coils operated at considerably higher power levels than their designs - even
> though I told them the required voltage and current ratings.  Sorry for
> the bum information.

Hi Phil, this is more in line with my experience. I used to play with 
old carbon arc lamps and they consumed those carbon rods like there 
was no tomorrow! Carbon would be a very bad choice for a high current 
spark gap!


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